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Top Five Password Managers for Mobile and Web Users

Top Five Password Managers for Mobile and Web Users

I can attest that I have somewhere near 10 email address floating around the web, five of which I actively keep track of and actively use every day for emails. Each email having their own function, and with each one being found on at least three different clients, it’s more important than ever to keep the passwords varied in case of an email hack. However, it is very difficult to keep track of them. This is where password managers come in and save the day! Today, we will spotlight five of them.

KeePass

    The first application that we will talk about is the open-source KeePass password manager. If you aren’t familiar with what open-source is, open source software is where you have the ability to adjust the software for your own use, which is free for all to make use of.

    You don’t have to be tech savvy to make use of KeePass or any other open-source software, but it gives those who are knowledgable the resource to make it how they want it to. More specifically with KeePass, the software allows you to easily add in logging information through shortcuts on your keyboard.

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    Along with drag-and-drop features, KeePass allows you to also have passwords automatically apply to forms. Available for most platforms, KeePass could be the password manager with the most flexibility that you are looking for.

    LastPass

      I love LastPass and have made use of it from time-to-time. The reason why I have taken a liking to LastPass is because it offers a wide range of features and functionality along with a free price tag. For those who are looking for additional functionality coupled with the willingness to pay a bit more will have the ability to do that as well.

      LastPass, available on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and other mobile platforms, makes it easy to ensure that you can easily fill forms and sign-in no matter what device or service you are on or using. I first came in contact with LastPass when looking for a service that allowed me to create a one-time online password on a service that was shared. LastPass made this seamless and easy to do.

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      Let’s just say you can’t resist the option and want to plunge into premium LastPass, no problem. The $1 a month premium version allows you to do more, like no ads, priority support, and even thumb-drive authentication.

      1Password

        1Password is one of the best password managers on this list, however this is also coupled with the fact that it is the most expensive. If you are serious about password management, 1Password is the only password manager you’ll need.

        The $50 program is $10 for mobile users, $15 for iPad users. The software allows you to ensure that your passwords are synced across the connected devices, organized in a way that makes it easy to find and easier to automatically apply to the website that you are using. However, 1Password isn’t just about protecting your online life, the software also allows you to ensure that the things you are making digital (documents and scans) are all protected from prying eyes.

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        Again, I must reiterate that it’s great but expensive. If you are willing to put in the money, then do it. But it’s important to add that the benefits don’t pay off when compared to the $1 a month LastPass, for example, until about four years (when the monthly $1 fee begins to exceed the $50 one-time fee).

        SplashID

          If you haven’t caught on yet, you may need to be reminded that SplashID, like a majority of the others on the list, is cross-platform supported on Windows, iOS, Mac, etc. The password manager has all of the features we expect from a password manager, like automatic password generation, security protection, and more.

          You also have features like form completions. SplashID is a tried and tested password manager, possibly the oldest on this list (LastPass has the award for the youngest). Plus, along with a paid $20 version (after your trial period), and an iPhone version for $10, you also have a free iOS version available as well. This could be attractive to many users who are looking to find the balance of quality and affordability in one program.

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          Roboform

            The last program we will go over is Roboform. This program is an ode to our Windows readers out there. This program is available only on Windows. For this reason, the program hasn’t received many visual or performance updates lately. However, this doesn’t mean that the program is lacking, it’s actually the contrary.

            Roboform is a program that users will find themselves getting acquainted with the software in no time. Despite being focused mainly for the web, Roboform does a nice job at form completion as well as password generation.  Plus, Roboform allows you to easily make a printed form of your passwords that can be held for safe keeping.

            Roboform is available for free, however there’s a $29.95 pro version available as well.

            Featured photo credit:  lock with password on a computer via Shutterstock

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            Last Updated on July 29, 2020

            19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

            19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

            Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

            There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

            This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day:

            1. Todoist

              Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

              Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

              If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

              Download: Todoist

              2. 1Password

                You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                Download: 1Password

                3. Bear

                  Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                  It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

                  Download: Bear

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                  4. Hazel

                    Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                    For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                    Download: noodlesoft

                    5. Alfred

                      Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                      For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                      It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                      Download: Alfred

                      6. TextExpander

                        TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                        For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                        An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                        Download: TextExpander

                        7. Backblaze

                          If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                          Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                          Download: Backblaze

                          8. Keyboard Maestro

                            Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                            Download: Keyboard Maestro

                            9. Snagit

                              There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                              Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                              10. Bartender

                                Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                Download: Bartender

                                11. Otter

                                Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                Download: Otter

                                12. Flux

                                  Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                  Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

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                                  Download: Flux

                                  13. PDFpen

                                  If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                  PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                  Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                  14. OmniFocus

                                    OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                    It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                    A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                    Download: OmniFocus

                                    15. Franz

                                      It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                      Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                      Download: Franz

                                      16. MindNode

                                        If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                        The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                        Download: MindNode

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                                        17. Focus

                                          The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

                                          This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                          Download: Focus

                                          18. CleanMyMac

                                            Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                            Download: CleanMyMac

                                            19. Grammarly

                                              A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                              This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                              A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                              Download: Grammarly

                                              The Bottom Line

                                              These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                              Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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